Some of you may know I have a furbaby called Daisy. She turned 2 a few days ago, I honestly think she’s one of my biggest achievements.
I used to be very afraid of dogs when I was a kid, I was chased by dogs all the time – it was crazy. Mum didn’t let us have pets, so I grew up terrified of animals. It wasn’t until I met my husband and he helped me to understand that animals are amazing and humans are terrible 😀 I am also surprised that she is still alive, because I’ve never grown anything. I can’t even keep my cactus alive!
We adopted daisy when she was 3 months old and she changed our lives forever. Daisy came from a family in country Victoria where her first owner had a Boxer already. Unfortunately the Boxer didn’t get along with Daisy so they needed to rehome her.
We are extremely lucky to have Daisy, she seriously has helped me to a better person. I could never imagine I would be chatting to people about my dog as I used to be very anti-social and hated walking. Now I talk to everyone (about my dog) and go to the park 3 times A DAY!
I think Daisy has transformed me into a more patient and understanding person. She teaches me how to use my heart to understand not just what I see with my eyes. She also makes me understand how important time is. We all know dogs only live for a short time and of course I want her to have the best time!
You may think that I have a fancy creative colourful workplace but the truth is I work from the bed most of the time!
The truth is, I have an office with a fancy computer. The office is full of stock at the moment but I really enjoy the quiet time in there. HOWEVER! My dog Daisy follows me everywhere and always wants to play. I thought to myself, if I work in the bedroom maybe she’ll go to sleep – and that’s what happens. She sleeps, I work!
My typical night usually looks like this: Daisy sleeping peacefully on my side of the bed, while Iain falls asleep while watching TV. I have to lie at the end of the bed because my dog has taken my side, and I have heaps of books and notes lying around.
So yes! This is how I work most of the time. I will spend time in the office when I need to do serious illustrations, but if I am just working I am usually on the bed! I am very jealous of people having nice home offices. I am also jealous of the super smart ladies that have kids and also built a business empire because I can’t even handle my own dog!
Thanks to Facebook I found a photo of my market stall 6 years ago in Melbourne. Who would have thought I would have my own shop today?
I remember I was working at the hospital at that time. Struggling to deal with exceptionally annoying lazy colleagues everyday. Flying to Melbourne to do markets at least once a month. Just because I believed I can do better than what I was doing.
People think I was crazy but I don’t care. I was dreaming to move back to Melbourne where all the creative people are. I was so desperate to make it works. Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams. There’s no fast track you just have to keep trying. I love those time when I took all my handmade goodies from Sydney to Melbourne. I was so determined. I didn’t become a super star in the market instantly but it definitely made me realised what my dream is.
2016 has been a very blessing year for us. This time last year I wouldn’t have imagine I have a shop of my own in Melbourne. Everything was just a fancy dream. I still remember when I read my 2016 fortune it said 2016 wasn’t going to be a great year for me. BUT. We worked hard to make things happen. It was a up and down journey house hunting in Melbourne. We flew down every fortnight looking for houses. Failed a few auction – Heart broken.
We were so worry about the “business” too. Are we doing the right thing. We went to a few markets here. Some good. Some bad. We arn’t sure we’ve made the right move. Or are we moving all the way to Melbourne to find a 9-5 job?
Change is scary but we have faith in ourselves.
Eventually we ended up where we need to be, with who we are meant to be with, and doing what we should be doing. We stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being excited about what could go right.
2016 was a fantastic exciting crazy year. We wish we can do better. There are so many things that we wished we have done more but we gave our best shot. We are very thankful with all the opportunities and all the wonderful people we met this year.
I came across some really really inspiring videos from SKII last night. I have tears in my eyes after I watched all these little stories. Each interview is telling you if you believe in yourself and believe you can achieve what you want, you can do it. It happens a lot in Asia that girls were told they have to accept their pre-determinate destiny, but I think it also happens to other races other countries as well. No matter who you are and where you belongs we have to believe in ourselves. I really believe everyone should live their life full and don’t let destiny dictate your life. I believe in destiny but I believe destiny is something that you choose in every moment. Life is very exciting and full of positive experience. It’s never too late to pursue your dreams.
Here’s all the other stories. I hope you like them. Have a great weekend everyone.